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7 Easy Ways for Your Classroom & Students to Give Back this Holiday Season

By Christine Dickson For those who are happy and healthy, the holiday season is certainly the most wonderful time of the year. Full of vacation time, family gatherings, food, and presents, the holidays seem to pack everything we enjoy the most about life into the span of a couple months. And the magic and happiness we experience as adults is only magnified for kids. Unfortunately, not everyone in our communities is blessed with full tables […]

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8 Brands You Didn’t Know Could Help Your School Fundraise

By Christine Dickson Google any company or brand along with the words “corporate social responsibility,” and more often than not you’ll find descriptions of how the company is giving back to their community. Education is one of the most popular categories for brands to contribute to, either monetarily or through volunteerism. Whether it’s sponsoring nonprofits, donating products to charities, or partnering with organizations to create their own philanthropic foundations, companies use a variety of tactics […]

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10 Unexpected Games that Help Kids Learn Through Play

“Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering fear while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children.” – The American Academy of Pediatrics, 2007 Contributed by Christine Dickson There’s a certain amount of fear when it comes to letting children play, and most often that fear is rooted to the […]

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Easy Ways for Students & Teachers to Practice Mindfulness Every Day of the Week

By Christine Dickson Reading, writing, math, science — all topics that are heavily covered in school and considered an important part of a student’s future success. But what if stress causes a student to shut down? What if anxiety prevents a bright student from showing their full potential? Just as students learn how to read and write, students should also be learning how to recognize and handle their emotions. Emotional strength is integral to helping students […]

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11 Books for Educators to Refresh Their To-Read List

By Christine Dickson For book lovers, it’s the best month of the year. October is National Book Month, a celebration of books and the incredible knowledge that they contain. For educators, this should be a big deal in your schools and classrooms. Celebrating books is just one way to get students on the road to becoming lifelong readers. But while you’re celebrating National Book Month with your students and encouraging them to read, let’s not […]

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School Sports is Still the Key to a Well-Rounded Student

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan Scoring the winning goal. Passing the tie-breaking touchdown. Finishing first place in a split-second race. Just as the start of a new school year brings opportunities for learning and academic growth, it brings possibilities for athletic greatness through the start of a new season of school sports. As we all know, sports are an extremely popular extracurricular activity for students and there’s no sign that that is changing. The National Federation […]

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5 Ideas for Making Fitness Part of Your School-Year Routine

Contributed by Meghan Sullivan Days at the beach, walks to the park, trips to the local zoo or museum – when it comes to summer, there are a number of ways to get our students out and about and to integrate a bit of physical activity into family fun. But when the summer sun starts to wane and the routine of a new school year sets in, kids’ activity levels start to decrease. Statistics from […]

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5 Ways to Make the World Cup a Learning Opportunity for Kids

Contributed by Quinton Aguilera A prospective 211 countries and territories, from ones as large as China to ones as small as Gibraltar, go through months of grueling qualification and gameplay for a chance to make it to the prestigious FIFA World Cup, a global event that draws in 3.5 billion people. As exciting as the sporting aspects of the event are, there’s a lot more to the World Cup than just goals and medals. What […]

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Chronic Absenteeism: Modern Solutions to Bring Students Back to School

Contributed by Colin Egerter School may be out for the summer, but this summer vacation ends early for educators who have to prep for the new school year. Soon enough, teachers will begin to prepare for the school year by modifying lesson plans, and creating an welcoming environment for all students to learn and grow. This planning is important, but it doesn’t help those students who miss so much school that they don’t reap the […]

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Make Your Class the Next Big Blockbuster by Teaching with Film & Visual Media

Contributed by Thomas Boyer & Christine Wang Dickson Students always rejoice when it’s “movie day” in the classroom. However, deciding to pop a movie in as a means to reward students after an exam or distract them in the remaining days before break actually devalues film as an educational tool. Marrying visual media and educational text is a resource teachers should be taking advantage of by exploring the potential connections between the two mediums, and […]

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